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Buffalo Bills 2016 pre-draft visitor draft day projections

A look at where Buffalo's pre-draft visitors could be selected.

Up to 19 pre-draft visitors have been announced through the media for the Buffalo Bills. A few of these players could be future Bills. Since 2010, every Bills first round pick has been a pre-draft visitor. In addition to the first round, in the last two years the Bills have selected pre-draft visitors such as Cyrus Kouandjio, Preston Brown, Ross Cockrell, John Miller, and Karlos Williams. Keeping that in mind, here’s a look at where all 19 pre-draft visitors could be selected, as well as options that are realistic and unrealistic.

Day 1 Options (8)

Reggie Ragland

Sheldon Rankins

Vernon Butler

Eli Apple

Darron Lee

Taylor Decker

Emmanuel Ogbah

Jarran Reed

Most unrealistic: Taylor Decker

Decker is certainly a first round prospect, but he just doesn’t fit Buffalo’s scheme. It’s a bit surprising that Decker was brought in for a pre-draft visit, but Jack Conklin, a mauler at offensive tackle, hasn’t visited.

Most realistic: Too many options

Most of the defensive front-seven players listed above are realistic options for the Bills. Reggie Ragland may be too similar to Preston Brown to draft in the first round and Darron Lee may be off the board by the time Buffalo picks.

Rankins, Butler, and Reed are all possibilities at 19 as well. Rankins is versatile, but Butler is my favorite player of the trio. He’s drawn comparisons to Mohammed Wilkerson and he may have the highest ceiling of this group. Reed has been a popular mock draft choice for Buffalo. He’s terrific as a run-stopper, but may not contribute much from a pass rushing standpoint.

Last, Emmanuel Ogbah is a boom-or-bust type of player. He has the potential to be the best edge rusher in the draft class, but potential doesn’t also pan out.

Day 2 Options (9)

Dak Prescott (Round 3)

Cyrus Jones (Round 3)

Su'a Cravens (Round 2)

Cardale Jones (Round 2-3)

Adolphus Washington (Round 2)

Vonn Bell (Round 2)

Bronson Kaufusi (Round 2-3)

Sean Davis (Round 2-3)

Connor Cook (Round 2-3)

Most unrealistic option: Cyrus Jones

Jones could be a very good nickel cornerback and returner in the NFL but the Bills have added a few cornerbacks as of late. He may not be a high priority, even if he is on the board in the third round.

Most realistic options: Cardale Jones/Connor Cook/Dak Prescott

It’s possible that Kevin Hogan or Christian Hackenberg end up being the pick, but Buffalo could and probably should pull the trigger on Dak Prescott, Cardale Jones, or Connor Cook in the second or third round if they feel the QB is worth it. Short-term, you want a backup option to Tyrod Taylor and long-term you want a player who could possibly develop and compete for the starting job. A player from this trio fits that criteria.

As for the defensive players, Bronson Kaufusi is a personal favorite. He’s going to be 25 in July, which isn’t ideal, but he’s the type of player that Rex Ryan would love. He can get after the quarterback and is comfortable dropping into coverage.

Editor’s Note: Sean Davis is listed as a day three pick on many sites, but he’s high on my personal draft board.

Day 3 Options (1)

Antonio Morrison (Round 5-6)

Morrison could serve as a depth option behind Preston Brown. He may have a better chance of being drafted by the Bills after A.J. Tarpley’s retirement.

Undrafted Free Agents (1)

Kelvin Fisher

Fisher’s father works for the Bills as the team’s Director of Scouting. He may be a high priority UDFA for the team.



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